- Magic bring along some big concerns: With the Celtics thin up front because of the loss of Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe to knee injuries, they will have to figure out a way to slow the Magic’s giant front line if they hope to win this playoff series and return to the Eastern Conference finals. “They’re a tough matchup at the [forward spots],” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s the toughest matchup for us. That Howard guy’s pretty good, too, obviously.” [Globe]
- Exhausted options: After losing Game 6 in triple overtime to the Chicago Bulls last week, Celtics captain Paul Pierce looked and acted tired. Pierce barely caught up to Joakim Noah to commit his sixth personal foul, his expression indicating he might not be able to take another step. [Globe]
- Even without Howard, Magic have options: After struggling late in the regular season and slogging through much of their first-round series against Philadelphia, the Magic rediscovered the wide-open, free-ranging style that made them so formidable. [Globe]
- Reserves go to work: Celtics coach Doc Rivers lost faith in his bench during the last two weeks. As his reserves continually came up short during the team’s first-round playoff series against Chicago, he cut their minutes back to single digits. [Herald]
- Two Home Debacles: [CelticsBlog]
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